The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry belongs to the American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS). The application is Web-based, and information may be obtained directly from AMCAS at www.aamc.org; (202) 828-0600; firstname.lastname@example.org. Rochester requires the MCAT exam. The latest MCAT which may be considered for 2014 entrance is September 12, 2013 and the oldest MCAT considered is 2010. Applicants who were not accepted previously must submit a new application and updated references. Reapplications from those who have been twice unsuccessful are discouraged.
Date of Application
The AMCAS application must be submitted by October 15. When Rochester receives your verified application from AMCAS, we send you an email with instruction on how to access our Supplemental Application Form on the web. Applicants must complete a brief secondary application by November 15, submit letters of evaluation, and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $100. This fee will be waived in cases of financial hardship; an AMCAS fee waiver must be submitted. There is no state residency requirement for admission.
Letters of Evaluation
Letters of recommendation submitted on official letterhead may be a composite letter or prehealth advisory committee letter from your school; or a minimum of 3 individual letters. Up to 4 additional letters may be sent. While any three letters of recommendation will be accepted, it is preferred that the applicant submit two science and one non-science related letters. Science or academic letters can be written by a professor from whom you took a class, a pre-health advisor, or a research mentor(s). In addition to the science or academic letters, we also welcome personal letters from supervisors and volunteer directors.
The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry participates with the letter system provided by AMCAS. All letters of recommendation should be sent directly to AMCAS. For additional assistance please visit the AMCAS website or call AMCAS at (202) 828-0600. If your letters are being transmitted by your undergraduate advising office, it is possible that the advising office is using VirtualEvals. Once your letters are posted to VirtualEvals, they will be downloaded by AMCAS and made available to the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. If you have a question about whether or not your advising office uses VirtualEvals, please contact your undergraduate advising office. All supporting materials must be received by AMCAS no later than November 22, 2013 in order for an applicant to be considered for an interview.
It is acceptable to have your letters sent to AMCAS before your supplementary application is received by our office. However, your application will not be reviewed until you have submitted a completed supplementary application AND all letters of recommendation have been received by AMCAS.
Applicants who show particular promise of achievement at Rochester will be considered for interviews, which are required for admission and are granted by invitation only. Interviews are conducted at the Medical Center between September and March.
Admission with Advanced Standing
Because of Rochester’s early clinical exposure and uniquely integrated curriculum, transfer applicants cannot be considered for advanced standing.
Special Admissions Programs
Rochester sponsors several limited access special admissions programs. One program (Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program) with the undergraduate college of the University provides provisional early acceptance to a highly qualified group of students who are accepted for undergraduate study. Another affiliation is with the Bryn Mawr and Johns Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate programs.
Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with documented disabilities to fulfill their educational objectives.